A Tribute to My Father

A Message to My Baby’s Father

I cannot stress enough the importance of having a father in your child’s life. I often feel like I hear people say a women can’t raise a man, or boys need their fathers. In many ways there is truth to that but I’d argue that fathers are equally as important in their daughters lives. My Father is the first man I ever loved and was the first man to love me. My Father loved me long before I even loved myself or could comprehend what love was. My Father showed me how a man is suppose to treat a woman; and I don’t mean wining and dinning a woman. What my Father showed me is far more important then that. He showed me how a man is suppose to respect a woman, love a woman, provide for a woman and their children. My Father made sure we had what we needed, not wanted. I have few memories of him being ideal or allowing the weight/stress of family life to lie solely on my Mother’s shoulders. At an early age he ingrained in me values, skills, and principles that I carry with me until this day.

I wouldn’t say a woman chooses a man based on the type of man her Father was/is, but he definitely plays a part.

I’ve never met a man with my Fathers even temperament, work ethic, knowledge, and genuine love and respect for the people around him. My Father is by no means super affectionate, but he’s there when you need a shoulder to cry on, when your boyfriends been cheating with Keisha from around the corner, or when the weight of the world seems to be tearing you down. In my life seeing how my Father treats me and responds to me has made me more aware of how my Heavenly Father feels about us, loves us, and wants to see us prosper.

I say all that to say Fathers never stop loving your daughters! Even if they marry the man you said was no good, or have a baby with the man you told them would break their heart. As a parent I don’t think you ever really know the impact you have on your child’s life, but I have to say love and emotional support help your child be able to face all of life’s obstacles. I can distinctively remember one particular time in my life where my Father came through in a major way. Not to get too personal there was a time in my life (really one of many-once you learn to love yourself they decrease) when I made some bad decisions. I felt alone, depressed, suicidal, and a plethora of other emotions. By the time I took it to my parents I was at my wits end.

Moms are so in tune with their children that my mom knew right away what was going on and when I finally broke down gave me an emotional response. (As child I don’t think we realize that the decisions we make often affect our parents. I recommend reading Stormie Omartian book, “The Power or Praying for Your Adult Children. That book really gives you some insight into what parents go through.) I’m not sure what my mom said to my Father or what his first words were but I do remember him holding me and letting me cry and telling me everything was going to be all right. That is a moment that has really stood out to me. There was no judgement, no harsh words, just unconditional love.

Thank God for both my parents because they balance each other. What I get from my Father my Mother could never give and vice versus.

I say all that to say to my unborn child’s Father, you are going to play the biggest role in your little girls life. She’s going to see how a man should treat a women through you. You will be the first man she loves and you will be the first man to show her unconditional love. That is a huge task, a task I feel comes naturally to most women, but something a man has to work towards daily and has to pray to God to help him perform right. She’s going to look at you and want to imitate you! She’s going to pick up on your words, your actions, and your speech. May God give you the strength and wisdom you need! ♥️

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart

7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Mango Haul

I’ve got a special treat for you guys. I’ve recently done a lot of shopping and been collecting a lot of clothes to do some haul videos. Here’s the first one. This mini haul is featuring Mango. Hope you enjoy!

I’ve been wanting to get into sharing more videos and content with you guys but have been struggling to learn the video editing software. Please bear with me as I grow my page and try to provide you guys with not only diverse content, but quality content. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’d love for you to return and check out my other post!

Romans 13:8: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

One Brand Wednesday Ep. 3

Covergirl (Full Spectrum Collection & TruBlend Undercover Concealer)

I have to start this post by raving about the TruBlend Undercover Concealer! I recently went into the drugstore (CVS) and found this product. I’ve been using the shade D100 Golden Caramel and let me tell you the shade match and consistency is to die for. This is hands down one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried. I love that I can spot conceal with this. My new thing has been not setting my makeup with a loose setting powder, and this concealer is great with that. It doesn’t budge, but if you like to set your face it works well with setting powders as well. I personally like this better than Tarte Shape Tape and I’d say it’s up there with my Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. One thing I will say about this concealer is that it is a tad bit dry and dries down fast. I would recommend applying this concealer in sections and blending it out section by section. If not it may dry down and make it hard to blend out. The photo below on the left is the concealer with a full face and the photo on the right shows how the concealer looks with just my eyebrows carved out and spot concealing without setting.

The next product I want to briefly mention is the New Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Lotion with Vitamins E, B3, & B5. So far I’m loving this product. I love a nice glowy fresh face and this product gives you that. I like to layer this product over my Mac Prep & Prime Lotion. Together this pair is a dream. I have combination skin and like most of you I get oily in my T-zone. This product combo does a good job with abating oils and still giving me a fresh slightly dewy look.

Covergirl Full Spectrum Collection

I have seen the Full Spectrum Collection everywhere and have finally gotten around to trying it. I’m definitely impressed with the Matte Ambition All Day Shine-Free Foundation. I’m impressed with the color range and the finish of this product. Below you can see swatches of four of the shades, from bottom to top: Tan Cool 1, Tan Golden 1, Tan Golden 2, Deep Golden 1.

Matte Ambition Foundation Swatches
1. Tan Cool 1, 2. Tan Golden 1, 3. Tan Golden 2, 4. Deep Golden 1)

This foundation gives you a nice radiant fresh face and dries now to a demi-matte finish. I love using Tan Golden 1 on the high points of my face to conceal before applying my all over foundation shade. This foundation also mixes well with other foundations. So far I’ve mixed this with the Revlon Colorstay Combination Foundation (as seen in the picture above) and the Fenty Beauty Foundation. I tried the shade Deep Golden 1 as an all over the face foundation shade (shown below) and loved the finish but felt that the shade was a little too dark. All of my other products laid like a dream over this foundation. I would reccommend all the products mentioned in this post. Don’t sleep on drugstore products. 

Covergirl Products Used: Matte Ambition Deep Golden 1, TruBlend Concealer in D100 Golden Caramel, All Day Idol Brightening Concealer, Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Loction

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XOXO

New Mom Chronicles

Episode One: Back to Work

I’ve never known a love so beautiful and fulfilling. As my little girl continues to grow I feel like my love for her grows. I constantly joke with my mom saying, “Is this how you feel when you see me?” I’m sure you never stop loving your children, but I do believe the love you feel for them probably changes over the years. I pray that it just continues to grow.

This is love!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy my time with my little one because they grow up so fast. I’m already starting to feel like that is so true even though baby girl is only 10 weeks. Some days I want to stop time so I can soak up every moment with my sweet baby Scarlett. She has already started to scoot around on her back and stomach and even tries to roll over. She’s outgrown her clothes and is wearing 6 month outfits. I want time to stop or slow down so I can soak up every moment with her. I just pray I get to be there for as many of these changes as I can.

Each day my little princess seems to do something new that amazes me. She’s perfect in every way and I feel like she’s growing up so fast. That’s probably why I feel so guilty when I have to leave her to go to work. As she grows and learns more I hope that she knows how much I love her and that I would sacrifice anything for her. I thank my Heavenly Father for her daily.

The guilt I’ve felt daily having to leave Scarlett is something I’ve never felt. I never thought that motherhood would come with so much guilt. Right now I’m more fatigue than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m an emotional wreck. This morning I had to fight back tears of sheer exhaustion and guilt. I didn’t want to come into work; I wanted to sleep and most importantly I wanted to be with my baby girl. I’m on my fourth day of having to be away from her for ten hours and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. I’m sure much of the emotions I feel have to do with the sheer exhaustion I feel, but I’m doing my best to push through.

Patience. That’s my word for the rest of the month. I just have to remember to have patience with this new journey. My family has grown and there are going to be some growing pains. I just have to start each day with a positive outlook, seeing as Scarlett is a morning baby and is always smiling at me that’s not hard. I make sure I love on her and bond with her as much as I can when I’m with her.

XOXO

One Brand Wednesday’s Ep. 2

Lime Crime’s Spin the Dial Set

There has been a lot of controversary surrounding Lime Crime, which I’m not going to get into. I will say that it initially turned me off of making any purchases from the brand. One thing I’m very impressed with when I look at Lime Crime’s website and Instagram page is that it is very diverse. Their Instagram page features a very diverse group of people and they offer a large amount of products that are unique. Lime Crime is not one of those brands thats dropping products just to drop them. It seems like they put a lot of thought and effort into their products. I currently have a ton of products from them that I want to try, but this post is about the Spin the Dial Set.

Spin the Dial

I’m not sure when this lip set came out, but I love it. I’m sure I’m not the only makeup lover/hoarder that buys products and they just sit for a while. But honey, now that I have tried this set I have to say I’m so impressed. I love the liquid lip formula, but I’m more in love with the wet cherry glosses. I’m a gloss girl! If I have a no makeup day, which is 90% of the time I will always put on gloss. These glosses are awesome everyday glosses. I would definitely recommend this brand. If the Spin the Dial Lip Set is not available they do sell the glosses and liquid lips separately. If you try any of them let me know what you think.

Hey Loves, I’m going to be uploading a ton of content and trying out different things. I realize that most of my readers don’t come from Instagram and therefore don’t see a lot of the images or content I post about on Instagram. Please let me knotw if you prefer videos or photos and let me know if there is content you would like to see. I love to hear from you guys! ♥️